When it comes to his play on the football field, Cam Newton has proven himself to be a spectacular NFL player. He’s not consistent, and he’s not great, but he’s really good in spite of his team’s record. He’s been to the Pro Bowl twice, and he set all kinds of rookie passer records just a few years ago. His troubles have all been off the field, with NCAA investigations and theft charges and that kind of stuff. Between the hashmarks, he’s been pretty solid. However, Cameron Newton finds himself suffering once again thanks to an off-the-field problem crossing over. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was injured in a car accident in Charlotte, North Carolina. He suffered fractures to his lower back/spine, similar to Tony Romo’s on-field back in jury.
The injury happened during a two-car accident while Newton was on his way to the Panthers practice facility to watch tape on an off day. Newton’s truck overturned during the accident, and the injured quarterback crawled out of a shattered window to wait for assistance. Both Newton and the other driver, who was not named, were taken to the hospital for treatment. Newton is expected to be released sometime today, though it may be awhile before he returns to action.
“Right now we have thought about Cam’s well-being and we understand there was someone else in the other car who was injured,” said Panthers spokesman Charlie Dayton. “We just hope that they’re all OK.”
Panthers coach Ron Rivera has previously been cautious about injuries to his star, and since the team won when Newton was out in the first game of the season, it is expected that Derek Anderson will take the snaps during Sunday’s game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Panthers are 4-8-1, but are only a half-game out of first place in the abysmal NFC South.
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